Golf is especially frustrating for amateur golfers in ways similar to the frustrating process of learning and exercising other skills. At it’s heart, the discrepancy between what the golfer imagines his/her body should do and what it actually does causes what we call a narcissistic injury that the golfer responds to with either rage or despair. In addition, at moments of failure on the golf course, each golfer tells him or herself a story that accounts for it, usually one that includes harsh self-judgments. The solution to frustration such as this is to find a way to face, tolerate, and eventually accept reality.
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